This week, two artists announced new albums after long gaps. Fleet Foxes announced Crack-Up and Lorde announced Melodrama.
Fleet Foxes came on the scene in 2006 with a distinct folk sound that spawned numerous lesser sound-alike acts. They released two albums, a self-titled record in 2008 and 2011's Helplessness Blues, then went on hiatus in 2013.
The first inklings of new music came late last year, when frontman Robin Pecknold shared a screenshot showing four Fleet Foxes albums in an iTunes library: their two previous records, their Sun Giant EP, and something named Ylajali. Though that proved not to be the name of the new record, they did make good on the anticipation and announced it on Tuesday. They also released the first single from the record, "Third of May / Ōdaigahara".
The wait for Lorde's sophomore album hasn't been quite as long and she's been more visible since the release of 2013's Pure Heroine. Following the break-out album and its hit single "Royals," she released multiple songs for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack, was featured on a rework of Son Lux's "Easy", and recorded a song with Disclosure for Caracal.
She announced her follow-up on March 2, though it didn't get a release date until this week. She's released two songs from the album, "Liability" and "Green Light."
Both albums are set to be released on June 16.
Also announced this week:
2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (April 7)
The Afghan Whigs - In Spades (May 5)
Benjamin Booker - Witness (June 2)
Blonde Redhead - 3 O’Clock (out now)
Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Best Troubadour (May 5)
Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel (out now)
The Coathangers - Parasite EP (June 30)
Föllakzoid - London Sessions (April 20)
Freddie Gibbs - You Only Live 2wice (March 31)
Girlpool - Powerplant (May 12)
Little Dragon - Season High (April 14)
Mai Lan - Vampire EP (out now)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014 (May 5)
TOPS - Sugar at the Gate (June
Woods - Love Is Love (April 21)